Amnesty International is urging U.S. President Barack Obama to use his trip to Africa this week to speak out against the anti-LGBT discrimination by governments there, Reuters is reporting.

I have no doubt that the president will address the issue with the various leaders he meets. I also have no doubts that his pleas for equality for LGBT people will fall on deaf ears there. Homophobia — and transphobia, no doubt — is firmly entrenched in most African nations, as it is in many, many others parts of the world, including much of the United States. Even countries like Canada, where gay people have equal rights, are not immune to homophobia and transphobia.

Still, it can’t hurt for President Obama to speak up. It’s just that we shouldn’t expect any miracles, because I doubt God himself/herself/itself could cure the homophobes and transphobes of the disease that is bigotry.

Jillian